Exploring Hungarian Culture

Hungary is a proud country where Eastern Europe meets the West. Its stunning capital of Budapest, once known as the “Paris of the East,” the mighty Danube River, and flat countryside with rolling hills in the distance, paint a unique picture of this country’s beautiful landscape. In the Hungarian countryside, it’s commonplace to catch a glimpse of some Hungarian culture festivals, which usually revolve around food.

Many inventions like the Rubik’s cube, pen, and refrigerator were designed by Hungarians, which speaks to the creativity and unique logic of Magyar. In fact, most Nobel Prize winners per capita come from Hungary!

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Hungarian People and Community

Students in Hungary

Hungarian families tend to be traditional, but everyone shares in the housework and spends time together on weekends. Hungarian people like to meet and welcome people from abroad and treat them as guests. Most Hungarian families consist of two parents and one or two children. Urban families are typically smaller than rural families, who may have three or four children. In Hungarian culture, families follow a strict daily schedule. After school or work, people play sports or other free time activities and try to spend as much time with their families as they can. During the week, families usually have dinner together. Parents are closely involved in their children’s lives.

Language and Communication Styles

People hanging out in Budapest

Magyar, also known as Hungarian, is the official language of Hungary, and it’s related to Finnish and Estonian. English and German are widely spoken foreign languages, though there are also several recognized minority languages in Hungary.

Food in Hungary

A bowl of goulash in Hungary

One of the most popular and well-known Hungarian dishes is goulash, a stew made with meat, potatoes, and paprika. Dishes are typically served with potatoes or noodles and there are lots of delicious breads and pastries to try! Typical Hungarian dishes tend to be hearty, but culinary habits are changing, so the food is lighter than in the past but without losing its great flavors. Paprika and other spices and sauces are used in many dishes.

Breakfast is usually a quick meal except on weekends when it can be richer. Hungarians tend to start their day with cornflakes or muesli, bread with jam, or ham and vegetables, or eggs. Lunch is a warm meal consisting of two courses: a main course (meat with rice or potatoes and some salad) and soup or dessert. Dinner tends to be a cold meal or some salad and pasta with ground poppy seeds.

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